Nomadic State of Mind is a grassroots-style handmade sandal company. Founded by Chris Anderson, the company began its voyage in the late 1990’s.
In the early years, we ran the business out of a 1969 VW bus, which also served as Chris’ summer home. Making hand-made sandals has been what we do best for over 16 years. In the early years, we taught a small out-of-work coffee community in Nicaragua how to make our sandals, and continued to make (and still make) the rope in North Carolina.
Through the years, we have refined this art and created many sandal types. Nothing goes to waste, as we have used the scraps to make one of a kind rope art including bags, rugs, and water bottle carriers.
After the turn of the century we opened up another small factory in the USA and began working on other types of footwear using vintage sandal machinery from the 1960s. We began using hemp, old sails from sail boats, old tapestries, and other kinds of up cycled materials to broaden our horizons in the sandal market, and to have fun bringing life back to stuff that had lost its purpose.
While we have come a long way since the days of Chris in his van, our philosophy has stayed consistent – if it is done right in the beginning, it will last a long time.